What colors are available for Goldendoodles?
While Golden Retrievers are... golden (technically they can range from near-white to an almost reddish tint), Poodles can come in a much wider array of colors and marking. Add in the mixing of the breeds, and especially when backcrossing back to Poodles of potentially different colors, and the options are even greater.
Goldendoodles primarily follow the coloring options of Poodles and can be a solid color, have one primary color with small spots of another, or have multiple colors. Common colors are black, cream, gold, apricot, red, white, silver, gray, and brown. Puppies from the same littler can potentially have a variety of combinations of both colors and locations of the markings.
In addition to a variety of colors and markings, there are a few specific markings and/or color combinations that are especially unique:
- Parti - Stands for partial; these consist of two colors, white and another, and the white must cover at least 50% of the body. The most common secondary colors are black, red, and apricot, but it's not restricted to those. There are no requirements for where the colors are located on the body, making each one unique.
- Phantom - These are similar to Parti in that there are two colors, but unique in the color combinations and where the markings exist. The Phantom coloring consists of a solid background with patches of another color in specific locations including above the eyes, on the sides of the muzzle, across the chest, down the legs, and under the tail. The Phantom coloring can also be categorized by the color combinations:
- Black Phantom - Black with apricot, red, cream, gray, brown, or silver
- Chocolate Phantom - Brown background with apricot
- Red Phantom - Red background with apricot
- Silver Phantom - Silver background with cream
- Tuxedo - Similar to Phantom, these are specific color combinations in specific locations. The background coat is most often black, but not required (other colors are very rare). The secondary coat is white and appears in the following locations:
- A white bib - Color on the chest that may wrap all the way around the dog's neck
- A white belly - This "should" touch the bib, making a continuous white area, and extend down from the belly to the front and hind legs
- A darker color - Typically black, that covers the entire back
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